Game 143: Swishaliciousless

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

After spending half of Thursday’s game flexing his left arm/hand, Nick Swisher is out of tonight’s lineup with a sore elbow and it could be a couple of days before he returns. He said his elbow has been bugging him for a while, but yesterday he felt a sharp pain after making a throw. He hopes to get it checked out by a doctor today. At this point of the season, there’s no reason for the Yankees to push it with anyone if they feel anything more than normal soreness; they should be focused on surviving the regular season and going into the postseason at full strength. Here’s the starting nine…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Andruw Jones, RF
Jesus Montero, DH – first start against a righty
Russell Martin, C
Brett Gardner, LF

Bartolo Colon, SP

It’s a 10:05pm ET start, and the game can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Yanks sending Burawa, Whitley, and Claiborne to the Arizona Fall League

The Yankees announced (well, I guess the league announced) today that right-handed relievers Dan Burawa, Chase Whitley, and Preston Claiborne have been assigned to the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League. Corban Joseph, David Phelps, Rob Segedin, and Ronnie Mustelier were already set to go to the desert. All three righties had fine seasons in 201 and will look to build on that success in the fall.

Friday Open Thread

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The only think worse than a night game on the west coast is a Friday night game on the west coast. The regular game thread will be along shortly, but for now here’s a thread to use in the meantime. The Mets are playing and MLB Network is showing a game as well, but talk about whatever you want here. Go bananas.

Brooklyn forces Game Three with blowout win

Short Season Staten Island (12-5 loss to Brooklyn) the best-of-three series is tied at one, and the deciding game will be played in Staten Island on Saturday night (7pm) … winner advances to the Championship Series
Mason Williams, CF: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 SB – got picked off first after reaching base in the first inning
Cito Culver, SS: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Ben Gamel, RF: 2 for 4, 1 BB
Tyler Austin, 3B: 1 for 5, 2 RBI, 1 E (fielding) – I guess we’re not going to see Dante Bichette Jr. at all in the postseason
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Casey Stevenson, 2B-LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Zach Wilson, DH: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI – continues to rake despite the long rain-induced layoff
Cody Grice, LF: 1 for 3, 1 2B
Angelo Gumbs, PH-2B: 0 for 1 – pinch-hit late, but to no avail
Nick McCoy, C: 0 for 4
Bryan Mitchell, RHP: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5-4 GB/FB – less than ideal
Zach Varce, RHP: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 0-2 GB/FB – couldn’t stop the bleeding
Jon Brebbia, RHP: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB – he couldn’t either
Mariel Checo, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Triple-A Scranton, Double-A Trenton, High-A Tampa, and Low-A Charleston all failed to qualify to the postseason. The Rookie GCL Yankees have already won their league title.

Astros claim Lance Pendleton

Via MLBTR, the Astros have claimed Lance Pendleton off waivers. The Yankees designated him for assignment earlier this week to make room on the 40-man roster for George Kontos. Remember, the Astros have the righty a look in Spring Training as a Rule 5 Draft pick, but they eventually send him back. Pendleton is from Houston and went to Rice (also in Houston), so he’s right at home. Good luck, I’ll miss you Pants Lendleton.

The RAB Radio Show: September 9, 2011

We’re creeping up on playoff time, and the Yankees are in the driver’s seat right now. They’re up three on Boston in the loss column with 20 games (19 for Boston) to go. Mike and I spend the bulk of the show talking about how things can play out.

  • Of the 20 games left, 11 are against the Rays and the Sox. Mike and I talk about how this alters the outlook.
  • Pitching, pitching, pitching. Who’s going for the Yanks, how they’ll pare down the rotation, and how everything will line up.
  • Plus: Might offense dictate postseason success this year?
  • The AL playoff picture: Who’s in, who’s out, who’s hot, who’s fading. Also, why the Yankees opponent shouldn’t scare the Yankees as much as the Yankees scare their opponent.

Podcast run time 55:33

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